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Ah, To Be 25 Again!

July 20th, 2017

Would you like to be age 25 again?

At a retirement party one of the guests explained to me that he would soon turn 60, but was telling everyone that he was 25. He seemed genuinely nostalgic with a desire to relive his 20’s.

Would he really want to be 25 again?

Speaking with people around the world during my travels for AgeEsteem, I have learned that people rarely mean that they would like to be 25 years old again. – It is the associations with the age that they would like. What they miss is what they remember as endless energy, exciting projects on the horizon, and the opportunity to tread on and even blaze new paths.

What they overlook is the fact that we can have much of that at any age. So much of what we seek around us is within us. Instead of wasting time with what we wish we had, we should focus on what we do have, and what we wish for in our lives.

I still have seemingly endless energy when I am doing something that I love, whether it is speaking in a foreign country to a new audience or doing a sun dance in the rain with my granddaughters. Catch yourself doing something that you love and the same will be true. Like me, you will probably also need some down time to compensate for all that energy, but remember how we used to sleep late or take a nap between activities when we were younger? Even in college I used to nap between classes. Times haven’t changed all that much.

Exciting projects can still beacon to us and there are multiple new paths to tread physically, virtually and figuratively. It is up to each of us to realize what we want. In the words of Lou Tice, a great teacher and mentor, “If it is to be it is up to me”.

Would you really want to be 25 again and miss out on all that you have lived, learned and experienced? Or do you enjoy living the NOW with passion and age esteem?

Bonnie Fatio

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